It only takes a moment – looking at an infant or child in a rear sear carrier, reaching to take that CD out of the player, looking at the car’s navigation system, reaching for a dropped french fry, or answering the cell phone. All of this is known as distracted driving and it causes a significant number of car accidents that result in injuries and fatalities.
With millions of vehicles on the road every day, accidents will undoubtedly happen. During 2013 in Texas, there was a reportable crash every 71 seconds and a reportable injury from a crash every 2 minutes and 16 seconds.
Everyone on the highway faces the possibility of accidents involving large trucks and buses; accidents happen because there are so many large vehicles on the road. There were 589 fatalities involving large trucks or buses in 2013 in Texas; this was by far the largest number of fatalities in the entire country according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
According to TxDOT based on 2013 reportable crashes in Texas, a reportable crash occurred every 71 seconds; a person was injured every 2 minutes and 16 seconds; and a person was killed every 2 hours and 36 minutes.1 Whether minor or more serious, accidents are stressful, traumatic occurrences that distress involved parties who don’t know what to do immediately after a car accident.
A wrongful death claim is an action for damages arising from an injury that causes an individual’s death. A wrongful death claim may be brought against a person who causes the death of another as a result of a wrongful act, neglect, carelessness or unskillfulness.